Hard drives slow down – it’s a fact of life. That annoying little wheel, never stopping. Usually the problem is with the hard drive. More often than not has been cluttered with all sorts of unnecessary information either malicious or otherwise. However, if you keep your hard drive healthy, it can serve you well for many years.

The first thig to do is to delete your temporary files. Internet browsers store these temporary files on your hard drive in an effort to speed up performance. Often they are not needed and many users never delete them, or even know of their existence. Potentially this can mean than hundreds of thousands of unnecessary files are stored on your hard disk drive. You can also remove files from your recycle bin that you are certain you no longer need. These simple actions will create a little bit more space. You can also setup an automatic delete function through the operating system, weekly or monthly.

Partitioning your hard drive can reduce the risk of files being corrupted by viruses. Viruses are responsible for many performance issues and are very difficult to get rid of. Make sure your hard drive is organised by storing frequently used files and programs near each other. Although this greatly increases speed and performance it also decreases the capacity so is not always the best option, especially if you require los of hard disk space.

Viruses and Trojans are different things. Anti-virus software will not detect Trojans and these are primarily responsible for slow hard drives. Routinely run scans from various different anti-Trojan applications and be sure to keep your anti-virus software upgraded.

Defragmenting your hard drive increases the efficiency hugely. You can use specialised software easily found on your machine which looks at the physical location of the files on your hard drive and optimizes those files so the computer doesn't need to search around to find the information it needs. MyDefrag is a free program that once set up will run at least every other week to ensure that your hard drive is kept running effectively.

Sometimes your hard drive is just past it, and beyond saving, so This means you need to just upgrade. Solid state drives are notably faster than hard disk drives, but have less capacity.

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